During an interview on Fox News on Monday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (S.C.) claimed that President Donald Trump did nothing wrong by asking Ukraine to get dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden. He also called for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to probe ties between the Bidens and Ukraine, including subpoenaing State Department officials.
“We need to look at whether or not Hunter Biden corruptly engaged in lobbying,” the South Carolina Republican told right-wing pundit Laura Ingraham on Monday. “Did Joe Biden ask the prosecutor to be fired because he was investigating his son?” he asked.
Graham, a fervent Trump defender, added that he hoped Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho) “will open up an investigation about the role of the State Department in all this.”
President Trump and his allies have latched onto Biden’s connection to Ukraine as the former vice president seeks the Democratic nomination to challenge Trump in 2020.
Joe Biden pushed in 2016 for the dismissal of a Ukrainian prosecutor who had been accused of overlooking corruption in his own office. There’s no indication Joe Biden was acting with his son’s interests in mind, and the former vice president has denied doing so.
Graham had previously pledged that he would use the Senate Judiciary Committee to help investigate Ukraine, including inviting Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, to testify before the panel.